Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka is an ineffable delight. Stepping out of an era of Civil War, the city is now bustling with development, but is still firmly rooted in tradition and culture.

If you have a visit planned to Jaffna this August, be a part of their cultural traditions that include a devout obeisance to the Hindu Gods. To this end, an important event that takes place in the eighth month of the year is the Kokkuvil Manchavanapaththy Murugan Festival.

One of the most sacred temples of Lord Murugan, it is situated in a small town known as Kokkuvil, 3 miles away from the Jaffna town. Lord Murugan is the Hindu God of War and Victory and he is revered in many festivals across many temples in the island, especially in the months of July and August. The festival at the Kokkuvial Temple is one that honors Lord Murugan with over two weeks of devotional poojas or prayer services and processions, that see the statute of the deity decorated and paraded on the streets near the temple. Devotees attend the festivities to honor Lord Murugan and request for favors in their lives. The color, the dancing, the chanting, the incense and crowds combine in a festival that is certainly worth witnessing. This year the Kokkuvil Manchavanapathy Murugan Festival begins in the third week of August.

Enjoy the festivities and stay as long as you wish. Jaffna has many new hotels and Rest Houses now, among which The Thinnai All Suite Boutique Hotel stands out. This new hotel provides the perfect amalgamation of home and luxury with comfy and spacious accommodation, the best in a variety of traditional and international food and beverages, and many interesting activities initiated by the hotel.

Enjoy Jaffna in all its glory this August while staying at The Thinnai.  It really is your home away from home….